Keuka College Drops Pair at Houghton Tri-Match

Lauren Kuipers (5) surpassed 200 digs for her freshman season on Saturday
Lauren Kuipers (5) surpassed 200 digs for her freshman season on Saturday

HOUGHTON, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Volleyball team lost a pair of matches on Saturday in a tri-match at Houghton College.  

Keuka College (11-18) lost their opening match to Geneva College in straight sets. The Wolves then lost to the host Highlanders in three sets to close the day.

Geneva College 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-16, 25-15, 25-16

Despite both teams having either kills in the opening set, the Golden Tornadoes were able to pull away from Keuka and win the opening frame 25-16. In the second set, both Geneva and Keuka had 11 kills apiece. The difference in the set was Keuka with 12 errors and Geneva with none as the Golden Tornadoes won the second 25-15. Geneva remained clean with zero errors in the third set. Keuka College had a match-high 12 kills in the third, but it was not enough as Geneva won the third 25-16 to sweep the match.

Lead Wolf: Senior Lauren Moelbert led all players in the match with 11 kills for the Wolves.

Houghton College 3 vs. Keuka College 0 – 25-20, 25-15, 25-19

The Wolves opened the match with the Highlanders with a strong offensive showing. Keuka College hit 14 kills in the opening set. Errors would prove the difference in the first set, however, as Keuka had eight and Houghton had three. Those five points were the difference as Houghton won the first set 25-20. Houghton controlled the second set 25-15 and carried that momentum into the third. Keuka College had 12 kills in the third set, but the Highlanders had 13 as Houghton swept the match, winning the third set 25-19.

Lead Wolves: Lauren Moelbert had eight kills while posting a .500 hitting percentage and Grace Allen added seven kills for the Wolves.

KC Notes:

  • Saturday was the first ever meeting between Keuka College and Geneva College
  • Geneva College took advantage of their service game with 13 aces against just four for the Wolves
  • Houghton is 11-1 all-time against Keuka College. The Highlanders have won the last five meetings
  • In the first match of the day, Emily Cottrell became the eighth player in program history to surpass 900 career digs
  • Freshman Lauren Kuipers had a combined 15 digs on Saturday, eclipsing 200 in her rookie season
  • Lauren Moelbert had an ace against Houghton to give her 41 on the season, tying her career high. It was also Moelbert's 100th of her career
  • Kalynne Myers had five kills in each match on Saturday. The freshman passed 100 total kills on the season
  • Senior Alyssa Rex continued to post records in her final season. On Saturday, Rex broke a tie with Paige Golden for sixth on the career aces list at Keuka. She also surpassed 2,500 assists in her career, just the third player to reach that plateau

Up Next for Keuka College: Saturday ended the regular season for Keuka College. The Wolves finished in a tie for fifth in the conference. Due to tie-breakers, Keuka will be the sixth seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. The Wolves will open post-season play on Tuesday with a 7pm match at #3 Wells College.